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Leslie W. incorporates videoclips of kids exercising in perfect correspondence with the poem’s lines for her movie version of “Moving for Five Minutes Straight” by Betsy Franco.
Jeni T. has created an amazing poem movie for Leslie Bulion’s poem, “Water Round.” She weaves together images of water in its many forms along with subtle background music and water noises to great effect.
You’ll find this poem in the 2nd grade section of The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science in Week 16: The Water Cycle.
Melissa P. uses images of kids and cats and blankets along with appealing background music to act out the story within the poem, “Testing My Hypothesis” by Leslie Bulion.
to watch it now.
Lauren S. has gotten children involved in reading aloud the poem for her movie adaptation of Joan Bransfield Graham’s poem, “Climate vs. Weather.”
Cara S. uses images of hands and pens and a frowning teacher along with fun background sound effects to tell the story behind Shirley Smith Duke’s poem, “Teacher’s Look.”
Check it out here (below).
Sarah S. uses story-like LEGO images and fun dino “roar” sound effects to dramatize Kristy Dempsey’s clever poem, “Dinos in the Laboratory.”
Emma R. has created the next poem movie, complete with kids chiming in on the final word. Plus she includes kid comments and another reading of the poem along with the text of the poem.
to see Emma's video for “Albert Einstein” by Julie Larios.
Watch for the ending image of the smiling girl with glasses in this fun poem movie created by Shelly P. for “Seeing School” by Kate Coombs.
Today Melinda L. features “Let’s All Be Scientists” by Renee M. LaTulippe. I think she really captures the spirit of the poem with her nature images and jaunty background music. Plus she includes a second reading by children, too! Check it out.
Today Nancy D. features “Sound Waves” by Susan Marie Swanson. I think she really captures the spirit of the poem with her great sound effects and kids chiming in on key words. Check it out.
to watch and listen.
Vanessa D. features “Food for Thought” by Robyn Hood Black in her poem movie project. But don’t watch this if you’re hungry—there are heaps of food pictures!
Watch the video now by clicking here.
Tammy G. chose "This Week's Weather" by Janet Wong for her poem movie creation and even included a weather reporter!
Watch her movie by clicking here.
Check out The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science,
Third Grade, Week 17.
I am so pleased that several bilingual poems (in Spanish and English) are featured in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science. And I was so gratified that Patrina G chose one of those bilingual poems for her poetry movie project,"Discovery/Descumbrimiento" by Margarita Engle. Plus, she even offers a reading of the poem in both English and Spanish in her video.
Watch it by clicking here.
Danielle D uses techno-music and fun images of science lab equipment to animate Joan Bransfield Graham's poem, "Superhero Scientist."
Click here to watch this poem video.
Look in Kindergarten, Week 2 in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science
for the "Take 5" activities that accompany this poem.
Crystal A uses real children in videos of playground scenes in her poem movie for "Playground Physics" by Jeannine Atkins.
to watch it now.
Ashley A uses minimalist imagery and cicada sound effects to dramatize "Cicada" by Guadalupe Garcia McCall.
Click here to watch Ashley's movie interpretation of the poem.
This poem is also available in both English and Spanish-- an extra bonus.
You'll find this gem in Fifth Grade, Week 23 of The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science.
This poem, "Meter Stick" by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, makes learning metric measurement so much fun-- especially in Irene K's clever poem movie.
to watch it now.
Check out all these fun images of animals playing in water, as Chris A visualizes April Halprin Wayland's poem, "Old Water."
To watch the movie, click here.
Please allow me to plug my new project (with Janet Wong) once again... The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science
is first and foremost a quality anthology of original poetry for children written by 78 of today’s most popular poets. Children in any grade can enjoy, explore, and respond to these poems. However, we have also come to realize that educators, librarians, and parents are looking for guidance in how to share poetry with children and connect with the science curriculum at the same time. Thus, this book offers both: quality poetry organized by grade level plus curriculum-based suggestions in Take 5 mini-lessons
for helping children enjoy and understand poetry AND science.
In The Poetry Friday Anthology series, we have borrowed the phrase “Take 5” from the great jazz musician Dave Brubeck to advocate taking time for poetry every Friday to introduce and share a poem—in this case a science-centric poem. Once again, in our science-themed anthology, we provide “Take 5” activities for each poem to help teachers, librarians, and parents share poems and invite students to listen and read along, plus questions, activities, and book suggestions for considering the science content of each poem.
The “Take 5” approach is based on a constructivist model of learning and encourages engagement and exploration in particular. The Take 5! activities provided are tied to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS, as well as the science and technology TEKS in Texas) while also incorporating the literacy skills identified in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Obviously, poetry sharing doesn’t take the place of planned science instruction, but the two complement each other well. It’s also possible to match poems and science lessons using the weekly themes or the index at the back of the book to identify relevant science topics.
In The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science, we offer 36 weeks of original poems for each grade level on the following topics. These designated weekly themes cross all levels, K–5. This provides a school-wide connection as each grade enjoys a different poem on the same topics including:
✣ scientific practices
✣ lab safety
✣ predictions & hypotheses
✣ scientific tools
✣ force, motion & energy
✣ light & sound
✣ sun, earth & moon
✣ the water cycle
✣ weather & climate
✣ forces of nature
✣ soil & land
✣ natural resources
✣ adaptations & traits
✣ the human body
✣ kitchen science
✣ video technology
✣ building things
✣ the science fair
✣ famous scientists
✣ science careers
✣ future challenges
✣ future dreams
Here are some sample poems and the Take 5 activities that accompany the poems.
Naturally, a single poem is not intended to be the entire science lesson, but it offers an innovative, engaging, vocabulary-full, and concept-rich way to launch or conclude a science lesson. Science expert Jill Castek challenges us to “break down those instructional silos” of science and literacy and look for opportunities to maximize overlap. We need to ensure that vocabulary exposure is occurring in many contexts for maximum scaffolding and science learning. In her essay, “Teaching science when your principal says ‘teach language arts,’” Valarie Akerson notes, “It is possible to use language arts to support science learning and to use science as a purpose for learning language arts” (2002, p. 22). And Royce, Morgan, and Ansberry (2012) confirm “studies have shown gains in literacy as well as science achievement in programs that blend science and literacy instruction” (p. 6).
Whether we introduce a poem at the beginning of the day, when transitioning to lunch or at a break, tied to a science lesson, or for wrapping things up, “breaking” for poetry provides a moment to refresh and engage. This doesn’t mean that a more in-depth study of poetry as well as science is not a good idea. Of course it is. But for the average teacher or librarian, consistently sharing a five-minute poem break is an effective practice for injecting poetry into the routine. And with these science-themed poems, we offer the added bonus of infusing science content into this language experience.
It's that time again-- time for the annual conference of the Texas Library Association, one of my favorite events of the year. This time we're heading to San Antonio-- always a fun convention city. The weather should be sunny and warm and I'll be hosting.... drum roll.... the TENTH annual Poetry Round Up on Friday, April 11. TEN YEARS! I can't believe a whole decade has flown by! We've now showcased 57 poets over the years-- a veritable "Who's Who" of poets who write for young people:Adoff, JaimeAlexander, KwameAppelt, KathiBagert, Brod Brown, Calef Bryant, JenBulion, LeslieCrunk, TonyCyrus, KurtDotlich, Rebecca KaiDurango, JuliaEngle, MargaritaFlorian, Douglas Franco, BetsyFrank, JohnFrost, HelenGeorge, Kristine O’ConnellGraham, Joan BransfieldGrimes, Nikki Harper, Charise MericleHavill, JuanitaHeard, GeorgiaHemphill, StephanieHerrera, Juan Felipe Hopkins, Lee BennettJensen, DanaKatz, AlanKehoe, StasiaLewis, J. PatrickMcCall, Guadalupe Garcia McLaughlin, TimothyMora, Pat Mordhorst, Heidi ZingerlineMyers, Walter DeanOde, EricPark, Linda Sue ParkPearson, SusanRex, AdamRichey, WillSalas, Laura PurdieSalinger, MichaelSidman, Joyce Singer, Marilyn Smith, Hope AnitaSpinelli, EileenTafolla, CarmenTroupe, QuincyVanDerwater, Amy LudwigWaters, CharlesWeatherford, Carole BostonWeinstock, RobertWeston, Robert PaulWheeler, LisaWilson, KarmaWong, Janet Yolen, JaneZimmer, Tracie Vaughn
This year, our line-up features:
I can't wait to hear them all!THANK YOU to all the poets who have participated over the years and to our wonderful audience who attends year after year. Welcome, newbies, too. If you've never attended, this is the year. We'll have handouts, book guides, treats, and tons of book door prizes! Special thanks to these publishers and their wonderful representatives for bringing the poets to TLA: Penguin Books for Young Readers and Sara Ortiz; Boyds Mills Press and Kerry McManus; Simon & Schuster and Venessa Carson and Michelle Fadlalla; Wings Press and Bryce Milligan; Lisa Di Sarro and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Pelican Publishing; Pomelo Books.
Each poet will be reading from her/his works-- and there is nothing quite like hearing the poems read by their creators. Once again, I'll try to capture a few moments on video and post those later this spring.
Meanwhile, go look for the wonderful works by these lovely writers.
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SELECTED BOOKS BY 2014 ROUND UP POETS Alexander, Kwame. 2014. The Crossover. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Engle, Margaret. 2006. The Poet Slave of Cuba. Henry Holt. Engle, Margarita. 2008. The Surrender Tree.Henry Holt. Engle, Margarita. 2009. Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba. Henry Holt. Engle, Margarita. 2010. The Firefly Letters; A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba. Henry Holt. Engle, Margarita. 2011. Hurricane Dancers; The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck. Henry Holt. Engle, Margarita. 2012. The Wild Book. Houghton Mifflin. Engle, Margarita. 2013. Mountain Dog. Henry Holt. Engle, Margarita. 2014. Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Engle, Margarita. 2014. Tiny Rabbit's Big Wish. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Graham, Joan Bransfield. 1994. Splish Splash. Houghton Mifflin. Graham, Joan Bransfield. 1999. Flicker Flash. Houghton Mifflin. Graham, Joan Bransfield. 2014. The Poem That Will Not End. Two Lions. Grimes, Nikki. 1994. Meet Danitra Brown. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. Grimes, Nikki. 1998. A Dime a Dozen. Dial. Grimes, Nikki. 1998. Jazmin’s Notebook. Dial. Grimes, Nikki. 1999. Hopscotch Love: A Family Treasury of Love Poems. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. Grimes, Nikki. 1999. My Man Blue: Poems. Dial. Grimes, Nikki. 2001. A Pocketful of Poems. Clarion. Grimes, Nikki. 2002. Bronx Masquerade. Dial. Grimes, Nikki. 2004. What is Goodbye? Jump at the Sun/Hyperion. Grimes, Nikki. 2005. Danitra Brown, Class Clown. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. Grimes, Nikki. 2005. Dark Sons. Hyperion. Grimes, Nikki. 2006. Thanks a Million.Amistad. Grimes, Nikki. 2007. When Gorilla Goes Walking. Orchard. Grimes, Nikki. 2011. Planet Middle School. Bloomsbury. Grimes, Nikki. 2013. Words with Wings.Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press. Grimes, Nikki. 2014. Poems in the Attic. Lee & Low. Ode, Eric. 2007. Tall Tales of the Wild West: A Humorous Collection of Cowboy Poems & Songs. Meadowbrook. Ode, Eric. 2012. Dan, the Taxi Man. Kane/Miller. Ode, Eric. 2012. When You're a Pirate Dog and Other Pirate Poems. Pelican. Ode, Eric. 2013. Sea Star Wishes: Poems from the Coast. Sasquatch Books/Random House. Sidman, Joyce. 2002. Eureka! Poems about Inventors. Millbrook. Sidman, Joyce. 2003. The World According to Dog: Poems and Teen Voices. Houghton Mifflin. Sidman, Joyce. 2005. Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems. Houghton Mifflin. Sidman, Joyce. 2006. Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow. Houghton Mifflin. Sidman, Joyce. 2006. Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry. Houghton Mifflin. Sidman, Joyce. 2007. This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness. Houghton Mifflin. Sidman, Joyce. 2009. Red Sings From Treetops; A Year in Colors. Houghton Mifflin. Sidman, Joyce. 2010. Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night. Houghton Mifflin. Sidman, Joyce. 2010. Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors. Houghton Mifflin. Sidman, Joyce. 2013. What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms & Blessings. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Sidman, Joyce. 2014. Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Tafolla, Carmen. 2008. That's Not Fair! / No Es Justo!: Emma Tenayuca's Struggle for Justice. Wings Press. Tafolla, Carmen. 2009. What Can You Do With a Paleta? Tricycle Press. Tafolla, Carmen. 2010. Fiesta Babies.Tricycle Press. Tafolla, Carmen. 2012. Rebozos. Wings Press. Wilson, Karma. 2009. What's the Weather Inside?Simon & Schuster. Wilson, Karma. 2014. Outside the Box. Ill. by Diane Goode. Margaret K. McElderry. Wong, Janet S. 1994. Good Luck Gold and Other Poems. Margaret K. McElderry. Wong, Janet S. 1996. A Suitcase of Seaweed, and Other Poems. Booksurge. Wong, Janet S. 1999. Behind the Wheel: Poems about Driving. McElderry. Wong, Janet S. 1999. The Rainbow Hand: Poems about Mothers and Children. McElderry. Wong, Janet S. 2000. Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams. McElderry Wong, Janet S. 2003. Knock on Wood: Poems about Superstitions. McElderry. Wong, Janet S. 2003. Minn and Jake. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Wong, Janet S. 2007. Twist: Yoga Poems. McElderry. Wong, Janet. 2008. Minn and Jake’s Almost Terrible Summer. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Wong, Janet. 2011. Once Upon A Tiger: New Beginnings for Endangered Animals.OnceUponaTiger.com.
Wong, Janet. 2012. Declaration of Interdependence: Poems for an Election Year. PoetrySuitcase.
I am so gratified that TLA continues to value this session and keep it on the conference program. Special thanks to the Children's Round Table for sponsoring this popular presentation. Having a poetry showcase during April, National Poetry Month is a fantastic treat!
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Speaking of National Poetry Month, once again I'm going to try to post daily during April. This year, I'll be showcasing poem movies created by my wonderful graduate students-- teachers and librarians enrolled in my spring course on poetry for children and young adults. They've created some clever, engaging, and evocative mini-movies-- each featuring a single poem from my latest collaboration, The Poetry Friday Anthology FOR SCIENCE with a wide variety of poets and poems highlighted. They've used kids, nature photographs, music, and even LEGOs to make one-minute videos that bring each poem to life! Come back every day in April to check them out.
Meanwhile, head on over to A Year of Reading, the fabulous coordinator of all our weekly Poetry Friday celebrations to see what's up around the Web!
Throughout the month of April, National Poetry Month, I'll be posting a poem movie each day. These were all created by my wonderful graduate students enrolled in my spring course in poetry for children and young adults. They are teachers and librarians who are learning about poetry for young people and experimenting with how we can use technology creatively to promote poetry and children's responses to poetry. They've used a variety of media tools and approaches, but each has created something unique and engaging.
All the poems are selected from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science-- just out in March. (Please forgive the shameless promotion here, but it also enabled my students to be part of something new-- plus the copyright issues were manageable with this project. And copyright is a Big Deal for both teachers/librarians AND poets!)
When possible, I'll also showcase the poem text here along with the video.
We hope you'll share these with the young people in your lives and invite them to join you in creating your own poem movies and poetry moments!
Jennifer M. presents "Which Ones Will Float” by Eric Ode.
Time to showcase another poem movie! This one is by Morgan L. and features the poem, "Looking at the Sky Tonight" by Janet Wong. I think she really captures the quiet spirit of the poem, don't you?
Ready for another poem movie moment?
Kelly M. does a wonderful job with "Thirsty Measures" by Heidi Bee Roemer. Watch for the hilarious surprise ending!
You'll find this poem in Fifth Grade, Week 26 in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science.
Pamela B. uses nature photographs and images of children to convey the questions in Allan Wolf's poem, "Step Outside, What Do You See."
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Check out Sherry D's extremely clever film for Susan Blackaby's poem, "Scientific Inquiry." She uses hilarious homemade Einstein and Marie Curie puppet-like characters to communicate the essential ideas in the poem. (And you gotta love her ending slide with her "Give Sherry an A" production credit.)
You'll find this wonderful poem in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science,
Fifth grade, Week 1.